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How the Ireland players rated during Six Nations win over France

Jonathan Sexton (right) celebrates his try.
Jonathan Sexton (right) celebrates his try.

Ireland saw off France with a bonus point win on Sunday to keep their hopes of landing the Six Nations title alive.

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But how did the individual players perform at Aviva Stadium?

Here are our player ratings from the 26-14 success:

Starting XV

Jordan Larmour 7: A late call-up for Kearney, he grew into the game and caused France issues with his stepping. Came close to a score near the end.

Keith Earls 8: He was put through by Stander for the bonus point try where his pace burned France and the Munster man looked pretty sharp throughout.

Garry Ringrose 9: Really unlucky not to score a try in the first half, he had a great game with his attacking angles and tackles really causing France problems.

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Ireland's Garry Ringrose and France's Antoine Dupont.

Bundee Aki 7: Trucked it up when necessary with a much more direct game than his backline colleagues. As ever, he was willing to work without huge reward.

Jacob Stockdale 6: Had a quieter game than he would have liked with some kicks running a bit further than we would have hoped and will be frustrated at not scoring.

Johnny Sexton 8: It didn’t always go according to plan but he delivered a marvellous wrap-around for his own try and put in some big tackles as well.

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Ireland's Jonny Sexton (right) and France's Mathieu Bastareaud.

Conor Murray 7: Much better this time with quick ball delivered to him by the hard-working forwards and his passing was crisp in addition to some good work in defence.

Cian Healy 8: Did what he always does by emptying the tank out on the park. Thought he might have scored off some quick-thinking. Scrummaged really well too.

Rory Best 8: His last Six Nations home game and he opened the scoring too. His work-rate was good as was the scrummaging and the lineouts mostly clicked too.

Tadhg Furlong 8: Put in some huge hits and carries with his support play for runners notable too. The French pack were dominated and this was a sound outing.

Iain Henderson 8: An immense effort with a collection of crunching tackles and dominating carries. Was also a sound target at the lineout and played with authority throughout.

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Ireland's Iain Henderson with his daughter Lana after the match.

James Ryan 9: He and Henderson set the tone with their ultra-physicality and presence eclipsing all those in blue. Seventeen carries and 13 tackles tells it tale.

Peter O'Mahony 8: The Munsterman is just so consistent and seems to always be in the right place to win turnovers with two important ones going his way.

Josh van der Flier 5: Didn’t quite make half an hour after shipping a painful looking knock. Was there to help Best over the line for Ireland’s first.

CJ Stander 8: Ireland’s top carrier with 18 and tackler as he ended on 15. Switched to flanker after Conan came on and was a huge ball of energy on his return.


Jack Conan (Van der Flier 24) 7: Strong and a good try too.

Dave Kilcoyne (Healy 50) 7: Really strong scrummaging.

Ultan Dillane (Henderson 57) 7: One excellent lineout steal

John Ryan (Furlong 57) 7: Also a decent impact.

John Cooney (Murray 57) 7: Looked comfortable.

Ireland's John Cooney came on as a second half substitute.

Niall Scannell (Best 57) 6: Reasonable enough outing

Jack Carty (Sexton 57) 7: He too looked sharp.

Andrew Conway (Earls 75) 5: Not on too long.

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